Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Alison Schofield, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Gregory Allen Robbins

Third Advisor

Sarah Pessin


Maimonides' theory of divine providence, Eliade's theory of hierophany, Job, Bible, Buddhist enlightenment


The current study is an unusual reading of the book of Job with a focus on the intellectual transformation of Job. The reading is stimulated by Maimonides' theory of divine providence and facilitated by Eliade's theory of hierophany. The sequence of reading follows a reorganized order and is divided into three parts: the speeches of Job and his friends, the Lord's speech, and the comparison of Job before and after the Lord's speech. The study ends with a suggestion that the experience of Job's intellectual transformation corresponds to the experience of the Buddha's enlightenment. The reading ignores the enigmatic issues discussed in the book of Job and follows a new perspective of reading it as a whole. The fruit of the study is the suggestion of seeing the Buddha in the book of Job through Maimonides' theory of divine providence and Eliade's theory of hierophany.

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Rights Holder

Hoi Shan Chong


Received from ProQuest

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File Size

47 p.


Regional studies